May 13 - Sep 11, 2022
Visions ’22 showcases skills and inspiration exchanged between students and SMoCA artists during art workshops throughout the school year. Local teaching artists lectured on their professional backgrounds, successes, and barriers while also teaching new art-making techniques and conceptual approaches.
Life’s realities present us with decisions and responsibilities that are unavoidable the older we get. As adolescents transition out of high school into the realm of adulthood, they are faced with some of these realities in an ever-changing society. Not only must they deal with the difficulties that come with being a teen in the 21st century, but they must also look ahead to how they might remedy any ramifications left by the generations before them. These challenges, paired with coming out of nearly two years of isolation, mean there is much for teens to say on the state of the world. That’s where Visions comes into play.
Visions is a multi-visit, invitational visual arts program that has been provided to Valley teens for 23 years. Throughout the school year, students from six high schools attended monthly workshops taught by professional artists, toured the University of Arizona School of Art, and connected with exhibitions offered by Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA). Through these exchanges and interactions, Visions teens were able to openly express complex ideas that are important to them as maturing individuals. In learning new art-making techniques and approaches to contemporary issues, students were provided avenues for communicating through visual art. Through the appreciation and creation of art, Visions aims to cultivate the development of teen resilience while enhancing social connections, opening dialogue, and promoting tolerance and confidence.
Visions ’22 showcases student skills and inspiration gleaned from professional artists over the course of the 2021–22 program. Local and national artists lectured on their backgrounds and offered personal anecdotes about becoming working artists, while also demonstrating ways of addressing contemporary themes. Both the SMoCA exhibitions and artist-led workshops inspired the students to choose one or two artists who were of interest to them. Their messages are thus acknowledged and interpreted through their artistic practice, amplifying their voices within the greater conversation of the world.
Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation would like to thank the following 21 artists for their inspiring participation in the 2021–22 Visions program: Mia B. Adams, Merryn Omotayo Alaka, melissa m button, Ernie Button, Mimi O Chun, Vincent Chung, Aaron Coleman, Steffi Faircloth, Joseph A Farbrook, Sam Fresquez, Estephania González, Lena Klett, Cydnei Mallory, Amber McCrary (Diné), Jacob Meders, Brianna Noble, Lily Reeves, Marcos Serafim, Kaitlyn Jo Smith, Kendra Sollars, and Papay Solomon.
Thanks are also in order for the following participating teachers and schools: Mandy Alvarez and Michelle Peacock, Saguaro High School (painting); Desiree Devirgilio, Chaparral High School (multimedia); Jennifer Jardine, Shadow Mountain High School (painting); Amy Voza Quist, Pinnacle High School (sculpture); Amanda McGlothern and Constance Sellars, Tempe High School (sculpture); and Claire Warden, New School for the Arts & Academics (multimedia).
Organized by Brittany Arnold, teen and family coordinator for Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation.
The Visions program is supported by the City of Scottsdale; Nationwide; Cox Communications; BMO Harris Bank; SMoCA Docents; the Greenhut Family, In Memory of Sandy Greenhut; Scottsdale Unified School District; Paradise Valley Unified School District; Tempe Unified High School District; and New School for the Arts & Academics. Additional support for this program is provided in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, which receives support from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment for the Arts. Scottsdale Arts Learning & Innovation’s Center Space is a newly imagined community space for visitors to learn about the arts by doing and is sponsored by the City of Scottsdale.
Visions 22′ Opening Reception
Friday, May. 13, 2022, 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Come celebrate the incredible artistic accomplishments of Visions advanced art students from across the Valley! The evening will begin with student presentations and is open to the public. Light food and drink will be provided.